April 2, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
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THURSDAY, 2 APRIL 1942
(10th Air Force): Major General Lewis H. Brereton, Commanding General 10th
Air Force, leads three B-17's on a raid on shipping off Andaman Island during the night of 2/3 Apr; they claim hits on 1 cruiser and
a transport; two B-17's are damaged by AA and fighters, but all return to base.
Earlier in the evening, a mission scheduled against the Rangoon area is aborted when B-17E pilot Parsel crashed on takeoff and the other has mechanical
USN: USS Enterprise (CV-6) off Oahu launches nine SBDs on a training flight off. During a side over maneuver, SBD Dauntless 2136 (pilot rescued, passenger missing) collides with SBD Dauntless 2165 (pilot rescued, passenger missing).